Man Charged With Impersonating Police Officer to Get Gas

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A Staten Island man posed as a New York City police officer in an attempt to avoid the city’s gas-rationing restrictions, according to the Staten Island district attorney’s office.

The man, Aniello DeGuida, 44, was denied gas at a station at 2430 Richmond Road, Staten Island, last Friday, the day the odd-even gas rule took effect, prosecutors said. On that day, only cars with license plates ending in odd numbers could receive gas.  Mr. DeGuida’s plate ended in an even number, according to the complaint.

It said Mr. DeGuida then flashed a badge to the station attendant, and said: “I’m N.Y.P.D. I’m on my way to work. I need gas.”

The attendant called the police, and Mr. DeGuida was arrested outside the gas station. A record check revealed that he was not employed by the Police Department and that he “did not have an official N.Y.P.D. identification card,” the complaint said.

He was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation, a misdemeanor.

Mr. DeGuida was arraigned the next day and released on his own recognizance.  He is due back in court on Dec. 17, prosecutors said.

Source: NY Times

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